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Get Better Tea

Tea fixes everything.
Whether it’s shitty days and broken hearts or jittery nerves and stuffy noses, there’s a blend that can bring us back from the brink of any disaster. Constant Comment tastes like Rachel’s Gramma’s old kitchen and cheers her up on even the worst days, Sleepytime is the obvious choice for a sleepless night and chills us out better than Xanax, but we get the most relief from the stuff we mix ourselves from the pantry.

Blending your own tea is comforting and calming. It’s as much ritual as it is beverage and it makes us feel warm and centered and refreshed. Take a scoop of whatever tea is laying around, add a pinch or two of whatever you need to get through the night, carefully brew, and quietly drink— making a little space for yourself to heal.  Over the years we’ve both built some favorite recipes (like camomile with red apple peels and Irish whiskey) but the best, by far, is Get Better Tea. 

Get Better Tea is the only reason we’ve made it through flu season alive. It’s spicy, but still sweet and soothing, with a citrusy zing that makes you feel a little bit less like a corpse. The pungent ginger and peppercorn blast the snot out of your face so the antimicrobial properties of green tea and honey can get to work on the root of your problem. Orange zest brings comforting and familiar flavor, as well as a generous helping of hesperidin, an antioxidant that soothes coughs, reduces inflammation, and acts as a mild sedative, so you can finally get some fucking sleep. While it’s not going to replace, you know, a visit to your doctor or a bottle of Nyquil, it sure as hell tastes a lot better.

Get Better Tea

  • 1-2 pieces of fresh Ginger, peeled, about the size of a matchstick
  • a few strips of Orange Zest
  • 3-4 Whole Pink Peppercorns— Black Peppercorns taste great, too, and get the job done
  • 1 ½ tbsp Gunpowder Green Tea
  • Plenty of good Honey, like Bike-a-Bee or Chicago Honey Co-Op

Serves 1

Cut and peel a few slices of Ginger, remove a few thin strips of Orange Zest with a vegetable peeler. Place these into a small saucepan with a mug’s worth of cold water. Bring the pan to a boil over medium heat.

As soon as the water comes to a full, rolling boil, turn off the heat and immediately add Peppercorns and Green Tea. Allow everything to steep for about 30 seconds and strain into your favorite mug.
Sweeten liberally with good Honey and drink while curled in a ball in your favorite chair with a blanket and your laptop.


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